It won the Best of Innovation 2015 Award for in-vehicle Audio/Video at CES in January, but the ultra-advanced radio will not be offered in the aftermarket as planned.
Parrot said in a blog recently that its WiFi/CarPlay/Android Auto radio, model RNB6 has been sold instead to several car makers to be offered as factory infotainment systems.
What had intrigued us about the radio was that it was the only one to our knowledge that includes both CarPlay and WiFi, allowing, potentially, the use of wireless CarPlay, which has yet to be implemented by any supplier—OEM or aftermarket.
With wireless CarPlay (available in iOS 9) users don’t have to deal with the hassle of plugging in a phone. (To be clear, Parrot had not announced wireless CarPlay, but its hardware might have permitted it).
Additionally, the Parrot radio, named RNB6, ran on Lollipop, Android 5.0 and included an OBD2 port to link directly to the electronics of the car.
Parrot wrote: “RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today there is no plan to sell RNB6 in Aftermarket channels as RNB6 embedded technologies require deep integration with car series and manufacturers.”